Rupert Burns Rubber In Canada
The fan-favorite nostalgia Nitro Funny Car class will see a number of interesting matchups on championship Sunday as Rupert takes on Boychuk, coming off of low ET of round one, and McIntire takes on Sanders.
The same scenario rang true in Nitro Harley as the top four qualifiers, Mike Scott, Mark Cox, Nate Gagnon and Mike Pelrine, all advanced in the first round. Cox had low ET of the round with a 6.392, 216.45 in a win over Rob Brown. In the semifinal round, Scott will take on Pelrine, while Cox will meet Gagnon.
Jay Turner, who is currently second in points, fell in round one to Scott after qualifying eighth.
Nitro Altered saw Don Blackshear, Ron Maroney and Troy Martin all advance to Sunday in a very competitive round. Troy Martin had low ET of the first round with a 6.449, 219.13 after qualifying second earlier in the day.
Nitro Jam’s biggest field in Grand Bend is that of the PMRA Pro Modified series as local favorite and IHRA veteran Rob Atchison paced the field with a 6.021, 237.96 pass. Jeff Roth sits second with a 6.094, 233.64, followed by Bruce Boland (6.138), Mike Yedgarian (6.152) and Derek Hawker (6.236). A total of 13 cars were on hand to contest the eight-car field which will begin eliminations on Sunday.
IHRA’s two fastest classes, Top Fuel and Jet Dragster, each got one hit at the track on Saturday, with Ike Maier leading the way in Top Fuel with a 4.871, 261.32 and Elaine Larsen pacing Jet Dragster with a 5.721, 273.47.
IHRA’s only final on Sunday came in Mountain Motor Pro Stock as the four-car exhibition went to Anthony Paone of Woodbridge, Ontario, who bested IHRA’s most recent national event winner John Konigshofer with a 6.632, 200.89.